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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official nameNærøyfjord Area
LocationAurland, Norway
Part ofWest Norwegian FjordsGeirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord
CriteriaNatural: (vii)(viii)
Inscription2005 (29th Session)
Area51,802 ha (128,010 acres)
Coordinates60°56′37″N 6°55′53″E / 60.94361°N 6.93139°E / 60.94361; 6.93139Coordinates: 60°56′37″N 6°55′53″E / 60.94361°N 6.93139°E / 60.94361; 6.93139
Nærøyfjord is located in Norway
Location of Nærøyfjord in Norway
Nærøyfjord is located in Vestland
Nærøyfjord (Vestland)

The Nærøyfjord (or Nærøyfjorden, Urban East Norwegian: [ˈnæ̂ːrœʏˌfjuːɳ]) is a fjord in Aurland Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. The narrow fjord is a branch of the large Sognefjord, and it is featured on the "Norway in a Nutshell" daytrips for tourists. The 18-kilometre (11 mi) long fjord is only 500 metres (1,600 ft) wide in some parts.[1]

The river Nærøydalselvi flows down the valley Nærøydalen into the fjord at the village of Gudvangen, near the European route E16 highway. The village of Bakka and the Bakka Church are both located on the west shore of the fjord.

Since 2005, the Nærøyfjord has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has also been rated by the National Geographic Society as the world's number one natural heritage site along with the Geirangerfjord.

In popular culture[edit]

Nærøyfjord was also used as an inspiration for Arendelle in Frozen.[2]

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  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Nærøyfjorden" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  2. ^ "Disney's Frozen: Inspired by Norway's beauty". Retrieved 18 January 2014.

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